North Korean Military Satellite Launch Fails After Rocket Explodes

DPRK NATA’s Report on Successful Launch of Reconnaissance Satellite in 2023. KCNA Image

North Korea’s attempt to put a second military reconnaissance satellite into orbit failed on Monday when the rocket carrying the satellite exploded mid-flight.
According to state media, the explosion was likely due to the reliability of the rocket engine. Meanwhile, Japan reported on Monday that a WL-10 (Wing Loong-10) unmanned aerial vehicle had been operating over the East China Sea that day, marking the...

U.S. Gaza Aid Pier Shut Down After Damage from Heavy Weather

A section of the U.S. Gaza pier off the coast of Gaza on May 28, 2024. Still from a post on X.

A U.S. aid operation to send humanitarian aid to Gaza is shut down after a section of a U.S. humanitarian pier and at least four Army watercraft broke free from their moorings due to heavy sea states and were beached off the coast of Gaza, defense officials said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, part of the Trident pier, where Army watercraft unload aid trucks, separated from the larger structure and floated off...

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 28, 2024

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 28, 2024, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Ships Underway

Total Battle Force DeployedUnderway
(USS 235, USNS 61)
(USS 68, USNS 32)
(54 Deployed, 29 Local)

In Japan

Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate...

Destroyer John Basilone Completes Acceptance Trials

Destroyer John Basilone (DDG-122) returns from Navy acceptance trials on May 23, 2024. BIW Photo

Guided-missile destroyer John Basilone (DDG-122) completed its Navy acceptance trails ahead of delivery to the service, shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.

On May 23, Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA destroyer completed its final set of acceptance trials in the Atlantic with the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey embarked and returned to the Maine shipyard.

“During acceptance trials, a Bath...

Sweden’s NATO Membership Unlocks the Baltic Sea for Alliance, Ends 200 Years of Neutrality

Swedish Marine Lance Corporal Peter Jansell, a chief mechanic with the 1st Marine Regiment, observes the horizon on a Combat Boat 90 during exercise Archipelago Endeavor 23 in Sweden on Sept. 13, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo

STOCKHOLM – Two months into its membership in NATO, Sweden is retooling its defense after 200 years of military neutrality.

Not since Napoleon’s 1812 campaign in Russia has Sweden formally allied militarily with another country, Minister of Defense Pål Jonson told reporters...

Japan to Join U.S. in Valiant Shield Exercise, China Continues Military Drills Near Taiwan

Sailors watch as the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) sails alongside amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) prior to a photo exercise for Valiant Shield 2022 on June 12, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Japan Self-Defense Forces will participate for the first time in the U.S. military’s Valiant Shield exercise, with part of the exercise taking place in Japan, said Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara on Friday. Meanwhile, China continues its Joint Sword-2024A exercise around...

Senators Quiz Navy Leaders on Proposed Sea-Launched Nuclear Cruise Missile

Virginia-class submarine with the Virginia Payload Module

The questions on how to modify Virginia-class attack submarines to install nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missiles and how much the changeover would cost are not easily answered, the Navy’s director of strategic systems programs told a key Senate panel this week.

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe on Wednesday, “we’ve started to look at that” and “we’ve asked for flexibility.” He added, “it would be premature to give a cost estimate of the...

U.S. Soldier Critically Injured During Gaza Pier Operation, 2 Other Service Members Hurt

A truck with humanitarian aid drives down the ramp from the MV Benavides onto the roll-on/roll-off discharge facility (RRDF) platform about two miles off the Gaza coast on May 17, 2024. US Navy Photo

A U.S. soldier assigned to the Gaza pier mission was seriously injured on Thursday and medically evacuated to Israel, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News.

The soldier was working on the staging platform two miles off the coast of Gaza, where trucks filled with aid packages are driven from...

Global Drug Enforcement Needs Greater Focus on Criminal Networks, Says Admiral

Cmdr. Jonathan Harris, USCGC Campbell’s commanding officer, participates in the offload of interdicted narcotics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 14, 2024. US Coast Guard Photo

Drug interdiction needs to focus on criminal networks and not on a single commodity, like fentanyl, the deputy director of Joint Interagency Task Force –South said Wednesday.

“The next thing will be just as bad” as fentanyl if the networks aren’t targeted, Navy Rear Adm. Larry LeGree said at the Center for Strategic and...

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Following U.S. Air Force Drills

KCNA Image

North Korea test-fired a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) with a new autonomous navigation system on Friday, reported state media on Saturday. The last weapons test North Korea conducted was on Apr. 22, when it fired SRBMs in a nuclear command-and-control test.
The test firing verified the accuracy and reliability of the autonomous navigation system was reported by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, which also reported that the firing was overseen by North Korean leader Kim...

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